Created on 13-08-2013 at 00:00 AM
Things are going well so far this season for right-back Rafinha. Over the summer, the Brazilian appeared in almost all Bayern's warm-up matches, and the 27-year-old has featured in both competitive fixtures so far. On the one hand, that is due to a tactical variant favoured by Pep Guardiola, with Philipp Lahm switching into midfield and vacating the slot on the right of the back four. But on the other hand, it is down to Rafinha himself.
“I've think I've deserved it, because I'd been working very hard and well, and I always give it my best shot in training," the player told fcbayern.de. Given plenty of playing time and good performances for FCB, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist is hoping to fulfil one of his biggest dreams next summer by appearing at the World Cup in his home country. “At the moment, I'm totally focused on FC Bayern. I want to do a good job here and play as many games as possible. And if the national coach then came calling, it would be even better and I'd be even more delighted," Rafa declared.
fcbayern.de: Rafa, it's been a good start to the season in the DFB Cup and the Bundesliga with two victories from two matches. What's your assessment?
Rafinha: Yes, it's very good. We're steadily getting used to the small changes. Obviously we still have some way to go before we start doing everything the new boss wants, but we're on the right track. We have to keep working on it every day, so we're ready when the really serious stuff begins.
Plenty of work went into a long pre-season. You were there from the start and you've featured in almost every match. Are you pleased?
I'm delighted about it, but I'm aware it's not been gifted to me. I think I've deserved it, because I've been working very hard and well, and I always give it my best shot in training. That was also the case last season, except I didn't play very much. But I was always ready when Jupp Heynckes called on me. It's going even better this season and I think it's great.